The many colours of Bharat Rang Mahotsav, India’s celebrated theatre festival

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A theatre artist from Israel performs at the Bharat Rang Mahotsav International Theatre Festival organised by the National School of Drama. The festival started on February 1 and will continue till February 21. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

A theatre artist from Israel performs at the Bharat Rang Mahotsav International Theatre Festival organised by the National School of Drama. The festival started on February 1 and will continue till February 21. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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An artist performing ‘Sankraman (Solo)’, a Hindi drama directed by Manohar Tell , during the Bharat Rang Mahotsav. The festival was established in 1999, by the NSD in order to contribute to the growth and development of theatre across the country. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

An artist performing ‘Sankraman (Solo)’, a Hindi drama directed by Manohar Tell , during the Bharat Rang Mahotsav. The festival was established in 1999, by the NSD in order to contribute to the growth and development of theatre across the country. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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Members of a theatre group practice in front of art work displayed at the Bharat Rang Mahotsav International Theatre festival. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Members of a theatre group practice in front of art work displayed at the Bharat Rang Mahotsav International Theatre festival. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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Theatre artists from Satabdira Kalkar get ready to perform their play “Babaji”, an Odia drama directed by Dhira Mallick. This year, 94 performances are part of the festival. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Theatre artists from Satabdira Kalkar get ready to perform their play “Babaji”, an Odia drama directed by Dhira Mallick. This year, 94 performances are part of the festival. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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A Russian theatre group, Chekov Studio, performs ‘Chekov Chaika’. Fourteen foreign productions, from Israel to Russia, are part of this year’s programme. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

A Russian theatre group, Chekov Studio, performs ‘Chekov Chaika’. Fourteen foreign productions, from Israel to Russia, are part of this year’s programme. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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A student theatre group from Delhi University’s Maharaja Agrasen College performas a street play on nationalism. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

A student theatre group from Delhi University’s Maharaja Agrasen College performas a street play on nationalism. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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A performance of ‘Gabarghichoran ke mai’, a Bhojpuri and Hindi play, at the Shri Ram Centre. This year, the theme of the festival is ‘Whose theatre is it anyway?’. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

A performance of ‘Gabarghichoran ke mai’, a Bhojpuri and Hindi play, at the Shri Ram Centre. This year, the theme of the festival is ‘Whose theatre is it anyway?’. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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Along with the performances, the festival offers more for theatre goers. Directors from India and around the world will be discussing the practice of theatre. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Along with the performances, the festival offers more for theatre goers. Directors from India and around the world will be discussing the practice of theatre. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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The festival organisers say that they have made a conscious effort to choose the best of traditional and folk theatre along with modern plays. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

The festival organisers say that they have made a conscious effort to choose the best of traditional and folk theatre along with modern plays. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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A Russian play in progress. On the sidelines of the festival, the National School of Drama and the Ministry of Culture have organised workshops, seminars and interactive sessions to ensure that people can participate as well. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

A Russian play in progress. On the sidelines of the festival, the National School of Drama and the Ministry of Culture have organised workshops, seminars and interactive sessions to ensure that people can participate as well. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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Apart from plays, the festival itinerary includes folk performances. An Odia dance performance at the Bharat Rang Mahotsav. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Apart from plays, the festival itinerary includes folk performances. An Odia dance performance at the Bharat Rang Mahotsav. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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The Bharat Rang Mahotsav is a unique platform which celebrates theatre and art, a treat for all theatre lovers in the city. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

The Bharat Rang Mahotsav is a unique platform which celebrates theatre and art, a treat for all theatre lovers in the city. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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